Do they give a fair sense of opinion?
Regulars on PB will know that I generally detest the findings from non-voting intention questions in polls. So much is dependent on how the question are formulated and the order in which there are put.
I am sure that we all recall from that wonderful “Yes Prime Minister” sequence when Sir Humphrey managed to devise two sets of questions on conscription which led to entirely different outcomes.
So what are we to make of the this PoliticsHome polls which suggests that the public is supportive of Mr. Brown in the lettergate row.
These were the questions in the order that they were reported:-
Q1 Do you think that this story and its methods have crossed the line into an inappropriate attack on the Prime Minister, or do you think it is legitimate and valuable journalism?
Q2 Does this story make you more or less want to defend Mr. Brown?
Q3. Does this episode make you think more or less of Gordon Brown?
Q4. Does this episode make you think more or less of The Sun?